GIANY [Greek Institute of Architects in New York] was established with the purpose of bringing together the Greek Architects and Designers that live and practice in New York. Through lectures, panel discussions, exhibitions and social events, GIANY wishes to play a central role within the Greek architectural community in New York as a platform for sharing architectural ideas, strengthening its members’ professional voices and acting as a social initiative. GIANY was founded in December 2013.

GIANY Founding Members and Executive Committee

Constantine Bouras studied Architecture at the National Technical University of Athens and received a Master of Architecture in Urban Design from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He has worked in architectural firms in Athens, Milan and New York and is currently a project architect at Leroy Street Studio.

Evita Fanou holds a MSc from Columbia University after graduating from the Aristotle University in Greece. She has been awarded prizes and honorable mentions in International and European architectural competitions. Evita is currently working as an Intermediate Architect for Fogarty Finger Architecture, specializing in Building Information Modeling.

Electra Kontoroupi holds a Masters in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University after having previously completed her Architectural Diploma at the National Technical University of Athens. She focuses on the design of art fairs, art exhibitions and galleries. She currently works at studioMDA | New York.

Ioannis Oikonomou is an architect urbanist who studied at the Polytechnic School of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and the National Technical University in Athens. He has established the award winning oiio Architecture Studio, based in Athens and New York, which has received six international design competition prizes.

Foteinos Soulos graduated from University of Patras where he did his undergrad and from Columbia University of New York with a Master degree in advanced architectural design, with a scholarship provided by the Mentzelopoulos foundation. He currently works at SHoP Architects as Senior Associate.

Dimitra Tsachrelia received her Ms.AAD from Columbia University, where she was awarded the Honor Award for Excellence in Design after receiving her Diploma in Architecture from the Patras University School of Architecture in Greece. She is an Associate Architect at Steven Holl Architects.